Daniel McKay has studied extensively with Australia’s most highly respected guitar teachers, Timothy Kain and Gregory Pikler, in addition to master classes with John Williams, Remi Boucher, Maximo Diego-Pujol and Pavel Steidl. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours) and Master of Music (Hons) from the Australian National University.
Daniel has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in most capital cities and regional centres of Australia. In 2006 Daniel undertook his first solo tours of New Zealand and Europe – the latter made possible through funding from the Australia Council – and since relocating to Melbourne has given many recitals with long time ACO assistant leader, violinist Zoë Black. Zoë and Daniel released their debut CD d’aujourd’hui on Move Records and are touring artists for Musica Viva.
Daniel’s debut solo
CD featuring works of Dusan Bogdanovic, Leo Brouwer, Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman and Astor Piazzolla has been
warmly received by music lovers and critics alike; UK publication
‘Classical Guitar’ wrote ‘Daniel McKay here performs an invigorating
and very listenable program of 20th century music, which, of all
the “private release” CDs I have reviewed is one of the best, if not the best: McKay is certainly a
most technically-capable guitarist, and not only that, he is musical with it. His playing has a
beautiful clarity and crispness and he has a superb innate sense of
phrasing allowing him to get to the heart and soul of everything he
performs’. A second solo disc including works composed for Daniel by
Australian and European composers is in preparation.
In April 2012 the debut CD of
Duo 19 with guitarist Antony Field was released on Move records. Titled
'Fluid Lines' the CD includes
works by Terry Riley, Nigel Westlake, Phillip Houghton and Atanas
Considered one of Australia’s finest guitarists of his generation, Daniel’s interest in contemporary Australian music and considerable ensemble playing skills led to an invitation to join Guitar Trek, widely recognised as among the very best of Australia’s chamber ensembles. Engagements have included several recitals for Musica Viva, the Sydney Festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Darwin International Guitar and New Zealand International Guitar Festivals, highly successful tours of Europe in 1999 and 2002, and Vietnam in 2005. Guitar Trek’s fourth CD 'Asturias: The Spirit of Spain' is out now on ABC Classics. 'Six Fish' has just been released on Tall Poppies and features premiere recordings of works by some of Australia's leading composers, and coincides with the quartet's 25th anniversary celebrations.
In demand as a teacher, Daniel has been a guest tutor for the Sydney Guitar Society’s Summer Schools, featuring guitarists Carlos Bonell (London) and Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic) as principal tutors, and residencies by leading Australian guitarist/composers Phillip Houghton and Richard Charlton. A guest tutor at many of Australia’s leading music institutions, Daniel taught for many years in the pre-tertiary area of Australia’s leading guitar department at the Australian National University, School of Music. He and his wife Louise now reside in Melbourne with their children Reggie and Hilary. Daniel is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.